Columbus Short Issues Apology For Odd Tom Joyner Interview And Use Of The N Word
If you listen to the Tom Joyner morning show, you were probably a bit thrown off by Columbus Short’s interview last Friday morning, for which the actor has now apologized. Speaking with the show’s hosts, Tom, Sybil, and Jay Anthony Brown, around 5:45a Pacific time, the Scandal star seemed a bit perturbed by the line of questioning, which covered everything from whether Harrison was shot in the Scandal Finale, to why women lack confidence, and how his estranged wife feels about his budding singing career. Here are the odd highlights:
Tom: You got shot at the end of the show, and I’m thinking ‘Wow. ‘
Sybil: No, that’s a question. That’s a question for you.
Columbus: Can I keep it 1,000 with y’all? I don’t know either. (Laughs)
Tom: OK, because I’m thinking, I’m thinking all right. They shot a lot of endings to reveal that Papa Pope was the mastermind of killing all these people.
Columbus: But you know [inaudible]. But you know when you stop racking your brain, you’ll realize it was only one ending. It was the one ending that was already written. Like Shonda had this whole show written from the top to bottom and you know who else? God has me written top to bottom.
Tom: So how long ago did you know you were going to get shot?
Columbus: The day I got shot. But I’m lying because I didn’t get shot, ni**a, man, I mean, people
Tom: Did you always plan to release a song? Was that in the plan?
Columbus: No, that wasn’t in the plan.
Tom: When were you originally going to release this song?
Columbus: When it was ready.
Tom: And when was that?
Columbus: Right now.
J.Anthony Brown: You just don’t want people talking to you?
Columbus: Hey, Hey, Hey, listen, I’m going to keep it 1,000 with you guys.
J.Anthony Brown: That’s 2,000 ‘cause you did a 1,000 before so now we’re 2,000.
Columbus: 1,000 covers a lot of gamut. You deposit $1,000 in a bank account, you’re good. No, but really, keeping it completely honest with you guys, I wasn’t even working on my album when we were shooting this. And I started working on it during this process. It happened to speak to the time that I am in my life. Everything that I’m doing in my album and my single. My single is about women who I believe need to feel confident in themselves. To be like ‘Look, this is what God gave you. You want a man, how about you just be confident in what God gave you.’ Stop trying to put on all that makeup. Stop trying to put on all that eyelashes and hair –
Sybil: So does that mean the women that you’re dealing with are not very confident and that you needed to put this out to send them a message?
Columbus: How about every woman is not really confident. How about I’m not all the way really confident. When you know who you are, confidence is a humbling thing to, to, grasp.
Tom: How does your wife feel about the song?
Columbus: Uh, I don’t care. How about I don’t care.
After all was said (or not) and done, Columbus decided it’d be in his best interest to issue an apology to the Tom Joyner Show about what he’s calling a very bizarre interview, with the letter below:
My sincerest apologies for the confusion over my appearance on your show last Friday morning. I am a longtime supporter and admirer of The Tom Joyner Morning Show and I was looking forward to an opportunity to speak with you and your audience. Unfortunately, the early morning (approximately 5:45AM Pacific Time) following a late-night event had me at what some describe, less than my best.
To clarify a few of my statements:
1. I rarely use the “n” word and I could not have picked a worse time to do so. I deeply apologize for directing it towards you.
2. Regarding my statements about women being insecure, I am a strong believer and supporter of women and I am always amazed by all that our better halves accomplish. I come from a family of strong black women and I would never discredit or minimize their success.
I have the deepest respect for women, their strength and innate beauty. To suggest anything else was never my intent. I simply wanted to emphasize that women have no reason to feel that way and my song, “Gave Ya”, is meant to convey just that.
3. Lastly, just to clarify, I was not high, drunk or otherwise under the influence. I was simply exhausted. After a long day, the early call threw off my schedule. This was no excuse – you and those who support me deserved better.
Please accept my deepest apologies for any misunderstandings for that morning call. It would be an honor to appear on the TJMS in the future to set things right with your audience.”
Anyone else see that last nail being pummeled into his coffin? Check out the audio for the interview here. Thoughts?